Christmas dinner

Christmas family mealEnglish Christmas dinnerBritish Christmas dinnerChristmasChristmas Day lunchChristmas feastsChristmas gooseChristmas lunchesdinnerfeast
Christmas dinner is a meal traditionally eaten at Christmas.wikipedia
234 Related Articles

Christmas pudding

plum puddingplum duffChristmas plum pudding
The Christmas pudding and Christmas cake evolved from this tradition. The dinner usually consists of turkey or goose, served with stuffing, gravy, sometimes pigs in blankets, cranberry sauce or redcurrant jelly; bread sauce; roast potatoes (sometimes also boiled or mashed); vegetables, particularly brussels sprouts and parsnips; with dessert of Christmas pudding (or plum pudding), sometimes mince pies or trifle, with brandy butter or cream.
Christmas pudding is a type of pudding traditionally served as part of the Christmas dinner in the UK, Ireland and in other countries where it has been brought by British emigrants.

Nochebuena

Noche BuenaFlor de Nochebuenala Nochebuena
Christmas dinner in the Philippines is called Noche Buena following Hispanic custom, and is held towards midnight of 24 December.
* In the Philippines, the traditional dinner comes at midnight after the family hears the late evening Mass known as Misa de Gallo (sometimes referred to as Misa de Aguinaldo, "gift mass").

Christmas

Christmas DayDecember 25Nativity
Christmas dinner is a meal traditionally eaten at Christmas.
A special Christmas family meal is traditionally an important part of the holiday's celebration, and the food that is served varies greatly from country to country.

Turkey as food

turkeyturkey meatturkey dinner
In Denmark, the traditional Christmas meal served on 24 December consists, according to one representative study, of duck (66% of households surveyed), roast pork with crackling (43%), turkey (8%), or goose (7%).
Turkeys are traditionally eaten as the main course of Thanksgiving dinner in the United States and Canada, and at Christmas feasts in much of the rest of the world (often as stuffed turkey).

Risalamande

Ris à l'amandeRiskrem
The main course is followed by a dessert of Risalamande, rice pudding served with cherry sauce or strawberry sauce, often with a whole almond hidden inside.
Nowadays, it is very common to make a large batch of rice pudding for dinner on lillejuleaften ("Little Christmas Eve", i.e. December 23), a part of which is kept until Christmas Eve and used to make risalamande, which is eaten as dessert after the big Christmas dinner.

Nougat

MandolatoNougatineTörökméz
Generally speaking, in Northern Italy they eat a cake enriched with candied fruits, chocolate, raisins or pine nuts, known as panettone, followed by torrone (enriched with cherries, chocolate, sweets and more), nougat and nuts.
In southern Europe, nougat is an important component of all Christmas meals.

Cranberry sauce

The dinner usually consists of turkey or goose, served with stuffing, gravy, sometimes pigs in blankets, cranberry sauce or redcurrant jelly; bread sauce; roast potatoes (sometimes also boiled or mashed); vegetables, particularly brussels sprouts and parsnips; with dessert of Christmas pudding (or plum pudding), sometimes mince pies or trifle, with brandy butter or cream.
Cranberry sauce or cranberry jam is a sauce or relish made out of cranberries, commonly served as a condiment with Thanksgiving dinner in North America and Christmas dinner in the United Kingdom and Canada.

Akvavit

aquavitakevittDansk Akvavit
Usually it is consumed together with boiled vegetables, sauerkraut, lingonberry jam, potatoes, gravy, beers and a few shots of akevitt.
In Denmark, it is traditionally associated with Christmas and Easter lunches.

Pigs in a blanket

pigs in blanketspig in a blanketpig-in-a-blanket
The dinner usually consists of turkey or goose, served with stuffing, gravy, sometimes pigs in blankets, cranberry sauce or redcurrant jelly; bread sauce; roast potatoes (sometimes also boiled or mashed); vegetables, particularly brussels sprouts and parsnips; with dessert of Christmas pudding (or plum pudding), sometimes mince pies or trifle, with brandy butter or cream.
They are a traditional accompaniment to roast turkey in a Christmas dinner.

Domestic turkey

turkeyturkeysdomesticated turkey
The turkey appeared on Christmas tables in England in the 16th century, and popular history tells of King Henry VIII being the first English monarch to have turkey for Christmas.
Prior to the late 19th century, turkey was something of a luxury in the UK, with goose or beef a more common Christmas dinner among the working classes.

Parsnip

parsnipswild parsnipPastinaca sativa
The dinner usually consists of turkey or goose, served with stuffing, gravy, sometimes pigs in blankets, cranberry sauce or redcurrant jelly; bread sauce; roast potatoes (sometimes also boiled or mashed); vegetables, particularly brussels sprouts and parsnips; with dessert of Christmas pudding (or plum pudding), sometimes mince pies or trifle, with brandy butter or cream.
Roast parsnip is considered an essential part of Christmas dinner in some parts of the English-speaking world and frequently features in the traditional Sunday roast.

Redcurrant sauce

redcurrant jellyred currant syrup
The dinner usually consists of turkey or goose, served with stuffing, gravy, sometimes pigs in blankets, cranberry sauce or redcurrant jelly; bread sauce; roast potatoes (sometimes also boiled or mashed); vegetables, particularly brussels sprouts and parsnips; with dessert of Christmas pudding (or plum pudding), sometimes mince pies or trifle, with brandy butter or cream.
The sauce is traditionally eaten as part of a Sunday roast, particularly with roast lamb, roast goose or roast turkey and is an integral part of Christmas dinner in Britain.

Christmas Eve

December 2424 DecemberEve of Nativity
This meal can take place any time from the evening of Christmas Eve to the evening of Christmas Day itself.

Calendar of saints

feast dayfeastfeast days
The meals are often particularly rich and substantial, in the tradition of the Christian feast day celebration, and form a significant part of gatherings held to celebrate Christmas.

Regional cuisine

regional foodlocal specialtyregion
The actual meal consumed varies in different parts of the world with regional cuisines and local traditions.

List of countries that have gained independence from the United Kingdom

former British coloniescountries that have gained independence from the UKcountries that have gained independence from the United Kingdom
In many parts of the world, particularly former British colonies, the meal shares some connection with the English Christmas dinner involving roasted meats and pudding of some description.

Pudding

puddingsBudyńbutterscotch pudding
In many parts of the world, particularly former British colonies, the meal shares some connection with the English Christmas dinner involving roasted meats and pudding of some description.

Christmas cake

Christmas cakes
The Christmas pudding and Christmas cake evolved from this tradition.

Japan

🇯🇵JPNJapanese
In countries without a lengthy Christian tradition, such as Japan, the Christmas meal may be more heavily influenced by popular culture.

Biryani

biriyaniBiryani ricechicken biryani
Indian people cook a variety of foods, including Biryani with chicken or mutton, chicken and mutton curry, followed by cake or sweets like Kheer.

Sweets from the Indian subcontinent

sweetsmithaisweet from the Indian subcontinent
Indian people cook a variety of foods, including Biryani with chicken or mutton, chicken and mutton curry, followed by cake or sweets like Kheer.

Kheer

payasamkhirpaayasam
Indian people cook a variety of foods, including Biryani with chicken or mutton, chicken and mutton curry, followed by cake or sweets like Kheer.

Goan Catholics

Goan CatholicGoanCatholics
Long established Christian communities such as Goan Catholics have pork dishes and beef dishes as part of their main course of their Christmas dinner.

Vindaloo

chicken vindalooVindalhoGoat Vindaloo
These include Pork Vindaloo and Sorpatel.

Bebinca

bibingka
For dessert a dish called Bebinca is popular.